The UK stock market edged up for the first time in four days on Tuesday, helped by a growth for the oil giant Royal Dutch Shell PLC after it announced that it would refuse to pay dividends and redeem $25 billion in shares.
Banking stocks fluctuated even after the Bank of England positively assessed the state of the banking sector in its recent stress tests.
The FTSE 100 index rose by 0.1% to 7,392.89 points.
German DAX 30 index inched up 0.2% to 13,026.58 in early trade.
France's CAC 40 index was up 0.2% at 5,371.63.